Re: unknown flashing high object

Rainer Kracht (0412188960-0001@t-online.de)
Mon, 30 Oct 95 23:24 +0100

>From: Kurt Jonckheere <kjonckheere@unicall.be>
>Subject: unknown flashing high object
>Date: Mon, 30 Oct 95 19:38:14 W. Europe Standard Time+0000

>Hello,
>
>today, I got a phone call from Herman Willaert, Gistel, Belgium.
>Some days ago while he was observing the minor planet Merope he saw a flashing 
high satellite passing 
through the eyepiece of his telecsope.  The flash period was approx. 10 seconds, 
and it took about 3 min to pass 
through 1 degree.
>The max magnitude of the flashes was estimated as +4 !
>
>Who can identify this object. I checked the sats of the program.rob file, but 
Sat from Patrick Wils found no 
object at the right place.
>Who can make a thorough search?
>
>Herman Willaert, Gistel, Belgium
>Observing place and time:
>Latitude: 51 degrees 9 minutes  north, height 5 m above sea-level
>Longitude: 2 degrees 55 minutes east
>1995 October 25  21h32 UT  RA: 23h28m  Dec: -17 degr
>(estimated times)21h35     RA: 23h36m  Dec: -15 degr 30 min
>flashing period: 10s, with double flash   

With el951029 from ftp.physics.ox.ac.uk/pub/sat/mirrors/elem I found only
two candidates (both don't really match the observations):

74093  A
1 07544U 74093  A 95299.04656405 -.00000133  00000-0  10000-3 0  2521
2 07544  10.0799  46.3539 0001539 194.6986 165.2101  0.99793566 13575
75077  A
1 08132U 75077  A 95294.00101102 -.00000061  00000-0  10000-3 0  3484
2 08132  13.7541  30.4564 0007354  90.6195 269.3901  0.99980987 30549

74-93A = Intelsat 4 F-8
75-77A = Symphonie 2


Rainer Kracht
0412188960-0001@t-online.de